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Taíno: Native Heritage and Identity in the Caribbean Gallery Guide

This Gallery's Guide provides information about the Taíno peoples and living legacies, as well as other activities for students in grades 4–12. Este recurso también está disponible en español.

Resource Information

grades   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
nations
Taíno
subjects
Astronomy, Government & Civics, Economics, Environmental Science, Geography, History, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, STEM
regions
The Caribbean
keywords
Taíno, Carib, Arawak, Yucahu, Batú, Bohío, Conuco, Calabash, Greater Antilles, La Borinqueña, Caribbean, Native Foods
Essential Understandings More Close

1: American Indian Cultures
Culture is a result of human socialization. People acquire knowledge and values by interacting with other people through common language, place, and community. In the Americas, there is vast cultural diversity among more than 2,000 tribal groups. Tribes have unique cultures and ways of life that span history from time immemorial to the present day.

2: Time, Continuity, and Change
Indigenous people of the Americas shaped life in the Western Hemisphere for millennia. After contact, American Indians and the events involving them greatly influenced the histories of the European colonies and the modern nations of North, Central, and South America. Today, this influence continues to play significant roles in many aspects of political, legal, cultural, environmental, and economic issues. To understand the history and cultures of the Americas requires understanding American Indian history from Indian perspectives.

9: Global Connections
American Indians have always engaged in the world beyond the immediacy of their own communities. For millennia, indigenous people exchanged and traded ideas, goods, technologies, and arts with other tribal nations, near and far. Global connections expanded and intensified after contact with Europeans. American Indian foods, technologies, and intensified after contact with Europeans. American Indian foods, technologies, wealth, and labor contributed to the development of the modern world.


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